A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off or reduced. As a result, brain cells are deprived of the oxygen in the blood and this quickly causes them to become damaged or die. Strokes are a medical emergency so it is vital to call 999 if you suspect you or anyone else is having one, as prompt treatment can minimise the damage to the brain. A stroke affects different people in different ways but common long-term effects include difficulties with movement, speech and vision.
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